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Power System Engineer

Scotland, North Lanarkshire, Cumbernauld
£45400 - £68200 per annum + Car allowance & Performance related bonus
Closing date
9 May 2024

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Base Location: The National HVDC Centre, Cumbernauld

Salary: £45,400 - £68,200 + car / car allowance + performance-related bonus + a range of benefits to support your finances, wellbeing and family.

Working Pattern: Permanent | Full Time | Flexible First options available

Are you passionate about power system modelling and analysis? Do you want to be at the forefront of the transition to a net-zero network? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you to help accelerate and de-risk this transformation. We are looking for a Power System Engineer to join our dynamic team and work on cutting-edge projects in the GB and international power industry.

The National HVDC Centre is owned and operated by SSEN Transmission but works with all of the GB transmission companies. Opened in April 2017, the Centre is the national hub for HVDC modelling and simulation, knowledge exchange, and research. We use state-of-the-art high-performance computing facilities to model and resolve complex issues before they impact on the delivery or operation of HVDC projects. Our globally recognised work helps to ensure the integrity and security of GB energy supplies as we transition to a net zero network.

Key Responsibilities:

Explore HVDC Technologies: Dive into the fascinating world of HVDC. You'll conduct simulations to investigate performance, including real schemes connecting to the GB network. Utilise our state-of-the-art real-time simulation facilities and vendor-supplied hardware and models.

Lead and Communicate: Lead the delivery of projects for our stakeholders. Identify key insights that hold value and importance, and effectively communicate your findings through publications, technical reports, and engaging presentations.

Collaborative Innovation: Work closely with colleagues within the Centre and our valued partners. Together, we develop knowledge and capabilities in HVDC and related simulation tools by participating in world-leading research while helping to support the development, delivery, and operation of real-life HVDC projects.

Business Development: Enhance our reputation for excellence and our business functions as we grow to support GB industry's ambitious HVDC strategy. Assist in hosting and maintenance of HVDC replicas and other hardware in our world-class simulation and test facilities.

Shape the Industry: Engage with industry groups and innovation projects to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of HVDC technology. As we strive towards a net-zero network, become a recognised expert in one of the key subject areas of the Centre and help train the next generation of HVDC engineers.

What do I need?

We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds and experiences, from industry newcomers to globally renowned experts. If you possess the following, we'd love to hear from you:

Power System Analysis: Experience in power system analysis and its applications, especially EMT studies or real-time simulation. Experience with PSCAD and/or RSCAD-RTDS software, as well as hardware-in-loop, is a plus. However, if you are new to these technologies, rest assured that we offer a nurturing environment to help you develop and enhance your skills.

Network Knowledge: Strong technical knowledge of the electricity transmission network, with understanding of core elements, ideally with a strong focus on HVDC or FACTS.

Effective Communication Skills: Ability to write clear, well-structured technical reports and convey complex technical subjects to various stakeholders.

Collaborative Drive: Motivation to work collaboratively with others, delivering outstanding results to meet the high standards expected of a world-leading organisation. Embrace our ambition to support continued growth.

If you're eager to be part of a dynamic, forward-thinking organisation committed to securing a sustainable energy future, then consider The National HVDC Centre. Apply now and join us in our journey towards a net-zero network and become a key player in the transformation of the energy landscape.

What's in it for you?

We offer an excellent package with 34 days annual leave entitlement. Enhanced maternity/paternity leave, discounted healthcare, salary sacrifice car leasing and much more, view our full benefits package on our careers site.

As an equal opportunity employer we encourage diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We encourage applicants from all protected characteristics and commit to providing any reasonable adjustments you need during the application, assessment and upon joining SSE. Search for 'Inclusion & Diversity at SSE' to find out more.

What happens now?

All applications should be made online, and I'll be back in touch after the vacancy closing date to let you know the outcome.

If you would like to discuss any working flexibly requirements or adjustments you may require throughout the recruitment and selection process, please contact Iona on 01738 344049.

Before commencing your role with SSE, you'll need to complete our pre-employment screening process. This will consist of a criminality and credit check.


We are driven by our purpose: to provide energy needed today while building a better world of energy for tomorrow.

We are a leading generator of renewable electricity and one of the largest electricity network companies in the UK.

We develop, own and operate low carbon infrastructure to support the zero-carbon transition.  This includes onshore and offshore wind, hydro power, electricity transmission and distribution grids, and efficient gas-fired generation, alongside providing energy products and services for businesses, and we have interests across Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Japan, Spain, Portugal, Denmark and Poland.

Our twin focus of practicality and inspiration is a strategy that has seen us through more than 70 years.

We are UK listed, employing 10,000 talented and skilled people and are real Living Wage and Fair Tax Mark accredited.

Because we’re SSE, and we’re for a better world of energy – for everyone.


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